The Final Score by Jaci Burton: Review

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The Final Score by Jaci Burton: ReviewThe Final Score by Jaci Burton
Pages: 352
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Series: Play by Play #13
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also in this series: Rules of Contact
Also by this author: Rules of Contact
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In the new Play-by-Play novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Contact, a star quarterback is torn between his love of the game—and the woman who may be the love of his life.


Nathan Riley is ready to follow in the footsteps of his famous football player father. He’s been drafted as quarterback for his dad’s former team, and his sports future is bright. When his friend Mia Cassidy moves to the same city, their years-long friendship suddenly sparks hot, reminding him of the one night they had together in college that he can never forget. 

Like Nathan, Mia is from a sports dynasty family and embarking on an incredible new career—as founder of her own sports management company. Her friendship with Nathan means everything to her, and tossing sex into the mix again could jeopardize it all. But the chemistry between them has always sizzled, and it isn’t long before Mia realizes she wants more with Nathan than just late-night talks and pizza. 

Passion has a funny way of changing the rules, and soon Nathan and Mia realize that to win it all, they’ll have to make an unexpected play for love.

The Final Score brings together lots of series favorites as the children of 2 previous Play by Play couples find love! Nate is the son of the couple from book 1, and Mia is the daughter of the couple from book 9. Its not necessary to read all the previous books (I haven’t read them all!) but previous characters do appear so just know that going into the story!

Nate and Mia have a second chance love story. They had a 1 night fling in college. Mia wanted to forget it; Nate agreed but it wasn’t his idea. Now, years later, they are in the same town and Nate isn’t sure he wants to keep their friendship ‘hands off’. He is the new QB for the Sabers (taking over for his dad!) and she is starting a sports management company.

Nate and Mia have a believable friendship. They really enjoy each others company and honestly have a good friendship. Its easy to see why Mia wouldn’t want to ruin that. Also, these two are in very high pressure situations! Mia is trying to get her company off the ground and Nate is starting on a new team and taking over his famous father’s position! To say they are under pressure is a huge understatement.

Like most of Burton’s books, there is a lot of sexual tension, dirty talk, and smoking hot interactions. Nate and Mia, being the best of friends, really do have wonderful chemistry and a great rapport with each other that makes their relationship feel natural and easy (you know, when they aren’t fighting it with the whole “I just wanna be friends” thing”).

If you are a fan of the series, this book is the perfect culmination of the years you have loved all these characters! If you are new, The Final Score will introduce you to some wonderful characters that might just make you want to check out the previous books!  I love that the books are all connected in some way but span over different sports! I think it helps keep things interesting while not dumping a reader into a totally different ‘world’ or series. If you like sports romance in general and aren’t sport specific, you will love Play by Play. Baseball, Football, Hockey, its all there!

The next book in the series goes back to the hockey players! I am not going to lie though, I was a little confused that there would be another book after a book called “The Final Score”….

 

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Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen, The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan, Roman by Sawyer Bennett…then you will probably like The Final Score!

 

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About Jaci Burton

Meet Jaci Burton

From Jaci Burton: I'd like to say I always wanted to be a writer, but that's not the case. First I wanted to be a teacher. When I was a kid I used to play school in my friend's basement. She had actual school desks—and index cards. I'm a list maker, so those index cards rocked my world. Then later on, I wanted to be a nurse. My other friend had a stethoscope and a medical book. I had a thing for props, okay?

But during my early teen years my cousin and I—back in the day before the internet—would exchange scripts we'd written of a popular TV show. No, I won't tell you which TV show because then you'd know how old I really am. But it was a western with two gorgeous cowboy heroes and we were each in love with one of the main characters. I'd say that was my first foray into writing, and it got me hooked.

As an adult, marriage, work and raising two sons took priority. And while I fell madly in love with reading romance, there wasn't much time to write it. It's amazing how much corporate life, soccer games, high school musicals, dinner and laundry can suck out of the average day. But I would occasionally dabble in writing, then put it aside when I got busy. Unfortunately, I was always busy.

Eventually my kids grew up and I was on my second marriage when Biker Dude (what I call my husband because of his love for his Harley Davidson) found out I used to dabble in writing and encouraged me to try again. So I did.

I sat down and wrote a romance novel, start to finish. I was so proud of it, but I didn't sell that romance. Not right away, anyway. I didn't sell the one after that, either. Or the one after that. Suffice it to say I wasn't an overnight success. But eventually I did sell a book, then another, and then another. I have an exceptionally smart agent and write for amazing editors. I'm a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author, and I have you wonderful readers to thank for that.

This has been a dream come true for me, one I wanted for so many years. Writing is my full time career and something I love so much. I can't imagine a day that isn't filled with hot, sexy heroes who save the day, strong, capable heroines who don't need a man to save them, and the happily ever afters in every book.

Sometimes I even write about teachers and nurses. And hot cowboys.

I live in northeast Oklahoma with Biker Dude and our wonderful, crazy dogs. Between us we have three kids who are all grown up and living out in the wild. When I'm not writing I can usually be found in the garden, coaxing the tomatoes to grow, heading out to our local casino trying to become a millionaire (so far, no luck there), or riding on the back of Biker Dude's Harley. And when I want to relax I read other authors' masterpieces or I'm parked in front of the television watching sports, reality TV or crime shows. And maybe a drama or a comedy. Okay, I really watch way too much television.

Welcome to my world.

Samantha
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